Shahnameh Persian Book of Kings
Penguin Books Ltd | ISBN 9780143104933
Paperback – 992 pages
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Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the 10th century, "Shahnameh" is one of the most important pieces of Persian literature. This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. The sweep and psychological depth of the "Shahnameh" is nothing less than magnificent. Now one of the greast translators of Persian poetry, Dick Davis, presents Ferdowsi's masterpiece in an elegant combination of prose and verse.